Lotus Esprit

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Lotus Esprit

Esprit – The History

5th February 2003

A potted of one of the world’s legendary sports

1972 Esprit Concept car

The November Turin Motorshow in saw the unveiling of the Lotus Esprit car on Giorgio Giugiario’s Ital stand. Colin Chapman had the potential for a future mid-engined to replace the ageing Europa, and the car back to Hethel after the to start the development process. Kimberley and Tony Rudd led the M70 and the prototype work for the project place at the recently purchased Hall.

1973/ 1974 Prototype development

These years saw the development of the Esprit with the prototype vehicle running in 1974.

1975 Paris Motor Star of the Show

With the of the M70 Lotus Esprit Type 79 the end, the first completed car was at the Paris Motor Show in and was instantly awarded Star of the

1976 Esprit starts

In June 1976, the first came of the production line. The styled wedge shape was the latest in modern design and The great looks with performance from the 160bhp 2 engine; its light weight with the legendary Lotus and handling, projected the Esprit to status.

1977 The Spy Who Loved Me

In this Lotus Cars and in particular the gained tremendous publicity the release of the new James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me, with 007 emerging the sea driving a submersible Esprit, ‘one of the most famous car of all time.’ In December the production of the S1 with 718 having been

1978 S2 Esprit launched

The part of the year saw the start of the of the Esprit S2. The development of the S2 had ironed out of the problems associated with the S1 as poor interior noise. detailed improvements including a new splitter, rear valance, new suspension and a new camshaft offered performance raising the top speed.

1979 Celebrating Formula 1

To commemorate the 1978 Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors Championships and the of the F1 Type 79 100 Special Edition and gold liveried Esprits produced, each numbered

1980 New Turbo Esprit

The of the year saw the S2 fitted with the new 912 2.2 litre engine. Then, in a move, a lavish party was at the Royal Albert Hall in during February to launch the new Esprit (Type 82).

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